The music documentary resurgence is alive and set to continue into 2021 with an insatiable appetite for weird and wild movies about bands and artists. The streaming world has created a major demand for the trend.
This year fantastic rock docs were released like Laurel Canyon, The Beastie Boys Story, The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, The Go-Go's Creem: America's Only Rock 'N Roll Magazine, The Changin' Times of Ike White, Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Blind Melon's All I Can Say, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan, Song Exploder, Other Music and Zappa.
In addition to more documentaries being produced, the lives of musicians are being analyzed and researched now more than ever as well. Record label recognition has also soared, with many digging into their archives and launching production companies designed to get the most from their IP.
2021 already has a slew of music documentaries slated - the schedule includes features of the following: The Beatles, Little Richard, Tina Turner, and Billie Eilish.
The Beatles: Get Back Teaser
Let It Be was the 1970 documentary directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg that features The Beatles on the verge of breaking up. The film includes footage of the band's final gig on the Apple rooftop with somewhat of a melancholic feel. The Beatles: Get Back is designed to reverse this. The film is being directed by Peter Jackson, who recently put together the World War I film They Shall Not Grow Old. As shown in the teaser link above, the doc shows George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr joking as they record their final album. To pull this one together, Jackson analyzed 56 hours of never-before-seen footage with full blessing of McCartney and Starr and Lennon's and Harrison's widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, respectively. The film was originally set for release in September 2020 but was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is now dated to premiere August 27, 2021.
Paul McCartney x Rick Rubin Teaser
The Beatles: Get Back is not the only documentary project for Paul McCartney. The musician has teamed with Rick Rubin, the famed Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash producer, on as yet-untitled six- part series. The project takes us on a magical musical mystery journey of McCartney's time in the Beatles and Wings in addition to personal footage. Rubin has previously been in the Showtime docuseries Shangri-La about his Malibu recording studio and hosts the Broken Record podcast with Malcolm Gladwell. Endeavor Content is financing and handling international sales with Film 45 producing alongside Frank Marshall, who just directed The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, and Jeff Pollack, who produced the Frank Sinatra series All Or Nothing At All.
The private dancer star is getting the feature treatment from the filmmakers behind Searching For Sugar Man, Whitney and LA92. Directed by TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay and produced by Simon and Johnathan Chinn's Lightbox, the film is set to air on HBO in the US and Sky in the UK. It will tell the story of Turner's career from starting out in The Ike & Tina Turner Revenue through becoming one of the biggest selling solo performers in the world. The film will feature interviews with Turner, her friends and collaborators, and it is set to include unseen footage.
The Sparks Brothers
Edgar Wright is best known for directing films such as Baby Driver and Shawn of the Dead. But he is now making his documentary directorial debut with a film about "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" rockers Sparks. The film, which is also set to premiere at Sundance, will look at how the quirky band, featuring brothers Ron & Russell Mael, is successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally overlooked all at the same time.
Rachel Feldman is a film and television director based out of Los Angeles with more than 30 years of experience and 75 credits in film and television, including ABC's The Rookie, CBS' Blue Bloods and Criminal Minds, and MGM's The Baxters. A former chair of the DGA Women's Steering Committee, Rachel is currently working on a political thrilled based on the life of equal-pay icon Lilly Ledbetter.
Accomplished women commonly practice for their titles to be questioned as fraudulent. Dr. Jill Biden experienced this last week during the focus of a condescending Wall Street Journal piece. Michelle Obama took to Twitter and had the back of the upcoming First Lady. Women directors in the film industry often experience the same kind of frustrating disparagement. Well-known feature film directors toggle between directing movies and directing television without question, but the playing field is not equal for television films who desire a change into features; this is impacting women in particular because television is historically where the fewer opportunities have been. There is a deeply rooted belief that directors who work in television lack creativity and only know how to work within the constraints of a pre-established template, which are viewed as created by the "genius" who directed the pilot.
The truth is directing television today is challenging work that sharpens directors with exceptional skills, tremendous assets for filmmakers with the opportunity to define their own vision. The statistics for women directing in television has increased over 50% in the past several years, the statistics of women directing feature films is still under 5%. This leads us to question, why do women constantly need to prove themselves? What is our society gaining by shutting women out of opportunities? How can the narrative be changed?
President Obama's first piece of legislation was the Fair Pay Act, which was named after Lilly Ledbetter, a Goodyear Tire factory supervisor who had been cheated and taken advantaged of because of her sex. Lilly is a story of resilience, tenacity, and how one woman - who was beaten down by one repressive patriarchy after another, gained the psychological fortitude to conquer injustice at tremendous personal costs. It's the story of a woman who knows her value, yet needed to prove it over and over again. Lilly follwed her victory with a memoir about her life titled, Grace and Grit.
Rachel has found similarities within her career and Lilly's, which left her enthralled by the story with the desire to direct the film.
If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit with your favorite streaming service, HBO Max has the best lineup of robust and diverse movies. The service contains favorites like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, The Family Stone, underrated classics like Meet Me In St. Louis, The Bishop's Wife, and Around The Shop Corner.
There are great new releases as well like Shazam!, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, along with out-side-the-box flicks like Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
While movies are great to watch, let's not forget about the incredible list of available TV shows like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and South Park.
Below is a of original holiday content worth streaming on HBO Max.
12 Dates of Christmas (S1) - Available 12/26/20
Craftopia - (Holiday episodes, Ep. 11 / Craft The Halls & Ep. 12 / Merry craftmas!)
Esme & Roy - (Holiday episode, Ep. 220 / Holiday Spirit/Snow Worries)
House of Ho
My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrier Underwood
Sesame Street: Holiday at Hooper's
A Christmas Carol
A Flinstone Christmas
A Flinstone Family Christmas
All Is Bright
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Elf Pets: Santa's Saint Bernard's Save Christmas
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
Home Alone 4
It Happens on 5th Avenue
Nothing Like The Holidays
Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas
Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays
Smurfs Christmas Special
The Family Man
The Family Stone
The Friday After Next
The Search For Santa Paws
The Town That Santa Forgot
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers
12/23/2020 0 Comments
Big things are in the works at Sony, the studio's head recently announced plans to make movies and TV shows with multiple Playstation franchises. It will be exciting to see a slate of video games transitioning to big screen in a more realistic way. HBO has The Last Of Us planned for a series, and Netflix has Assassin's Creed planned for a live-action television series too.
Which games does Sony have in the works? According to CEO, Tony Vinciquerra, Sony Pictures has plans to run seven gaming franchises into television shows. The plan is to utilize the One Sony platform for title integrations from gaming to movies and television. Although at this time, Sony has not confirmed which titles will be released or on which dates, the story will be followed closely in the upcoming weeks. For now, it seems all titles are up for consideration.
Amazon Studios has released the first stills from Coming 2 America, the sequel to the classic 1988 Eddie Murphy film about an African seeking true love in The United States.
This time, Murphy is set to become King of Zamunda, but discovers he has a son in America. Honoring his father's dying wish to groom his son as the crown prince, Prince Akeem Joffer sets forth to find the heir in Queens, NY.
Returning cast members include, Arsenio Hall as Semmi. Jennifer Fowler, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones are also on board.
The film will release to Prime Video in early March, with some international territories getting a theatrical release through the original distributor, Paramount Pictures.
One of the most iconic television drams is poised for a comeback. ABC is developing LA Law, a new incarnation of the Steven Bochco series, with Tony Award nominee Blair Underwood on the roster to reprise his role as attorney Jonathan Rollins and executive producer.
The new LA Law is written and produced by Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow co-creator and executive producer Marc Guggenheim and writer Ubah Mohamed, and it will be directed/executive produced by Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway.
In the show, the McKenzie Brackman law firm will reinvent itself as a legislation firm specializing in only the most high-profile, boundary-pushing and incendiary cases. Rollins, who is played by Underwood, has gone from idealistic to more conservative as he clashes with millennial JJ Freeman to decide the best path forward for the firm to effect legal and political change.
While the focus will be on the new generation of lawyers working with Rollins, other original cast members will likely make appearances during the series.
Steven Bochco's son, Jesse has played a role in putting the project together alongside Dayna Bochco, the late producer's widow, via Steven Bochco Productions. Hemingway's producing partner Simon Mirren and producer Dan Shaw are also a part of the production team. 20th Television, which was behind the original series, is the studio.
Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, LA Law ran for eight season on NBC, from 1986-1994, which followed by a movie reunion in 2002. The show was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles-based law firm, McKenzie Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. The cases featured on the show dealt with hot-button issues such as capital punishment, abortion, racism, homophobia, sexual harassment, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence. Underwood joined the original cast in season two and remained on the show until its end, and earned a Golden Globe nomination.
During its time, LA Law won 15 Emmy's, including four for Outstanding Drama Series. Underwood, a 2020 Tony nominee for A Soldier's Play, recently had major roles in the Netflix limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker opposite Octavia Spencer and on the third season of the streamer's Dear White People. The Quantico alum also appeared in Ava DuVernay's Netflix limited series When They See Us, Hulu's Bad Hair and the Showtime drama Your Honor. Underwood won an Emmy for the non-fiction series Give.
Guggenheim, a lawyer by trade, practiced for five years before pursuing a writing career. He landed his first writing job on ABC's The Practice, created by another attorney-turned-writer, LA Law alum David E. Kelly. Guggenheim also co-created with frequent collaborator Greg Berlanti on ABC's legal drama Eli Stone. Guggenheim went on to become one of Berlanti's top lieutenants in building Arrowverse on the CW with stints as executive producer and show-runner on Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which he co-created. Guggenheim is currently writing and executive producing upcoming Green Lantern series and the Spider-Man Universe movie for HBO Max, Jackpot for Sony, and Prophet for Studio 8.
Mohamed began working on DC's Legends of Tomorrow since season three after co-writing an episode of Arrow.
Hemingway recently completed the production for Nat Geo's Genius: Aretha, on which he is the director and executive producer. He has produced the upcoming animated short Skin Deep through Anthony Hemingway Productions alongside 6 Point Harness. He is attached to ABC's Waiting to Exhale series reboot. Hemingway recently teamed with Pose star Hailie Sahar for a Sir Lady Java biopic and has agreed to direct the college football drama Workhorses, written by Sheldon Turner and is in the works at Amazon.
Through Steven Bochco Productions, Jesse and Dayna Bochco also executive produce 20th Television's Doogie Howser reboot Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. based on the series co-created by Steven Bochco on Disney+. They also executive produced ABC's 2019 NYPD Bluepoint, based on Steven Bochco's ground breakng cop drama.
12/15/2020 0 Comments
BAFTA winner and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actress Noami Ackie has claimed the role of Whitney Houston in Sony/Tristar's biopic, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, which will be directed by Stella Meghie.
The movie, which is being made with the blessing of the Houston estate, is being written by Oscar nominee Anthony McCarten. The project is also being produced by McCarten's Muse of Fire Productions; Pat Houston (the 2018 Kevin Macdonald documentary Whitney) on behalf of the Houston estate; legendary music producer Clive Davis; Larry Mestel on behalf of Primary Wave Music; and Denis O'Sullivan (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Jeff Kalligheri (Submergence), who are financing via Compelling Pictures. Primary Wave Music is a partner of the Whitney Houston estate. The estate has signed off on the screenplay, which grants the film rights to reproduce all of the Houston hits.
Lifetime's 2014 TV movie Whitney, directed by Angela Bassett, did not have consent from the Houston estate and was not able to reproduce all the hit singles from the multi-award-winning singer.
Ackie won a BAFTA for her role as Bonnie in the Netflix series The End of the F***ing World. She also won a British Independent Film Award in 2017 as Most Promising Newcomer for her performance as Anna in Lady Macbeth. Last year, she played Jannah in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in the Skywalker Saga, and she recently was seen in Education, Part 4 of Steve McQueen's acclaimed anthology series Small Axe. With upcoming projects like the leading role in heist musical The Score with Will Poulter and Johnny Flynn, Ackie will be busy for a while.
DC FanDome will host virtual premiere of Wonder Woman 1984 on Tuesday, December 15th. The event DC FanDome first took place in August when it previewed all of the DC movies in development. The special event is titled DC FanDome Presents Wonder Woman 1984. Gal Gadot made the announcement to TikTok recently. The event will take place with the Hall of Heroes at 12 pm P.T./3 pm E.T.
The event is expected to include a behind-the-scenes look at the film, a virtual premiere with red carpet interviews, which will be hosted by Tiffany Smith. The most exciting part is Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wig, and Pedro Pascal will answer questions from fans. Composer Hans Zimmer will also perform music from the movie, which will be followed directly by the new sneak peek of the highly anticipated sequel. This exclusive event is taking place ten days before the move is scheduled to open in theaters and HBO Max.
DC FanDome Presents Wonder Woman 1984 will support World Central Kitchen, a non-profit, non-governmental founded by chef Jose Andres. The organization uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. Fans interested in donating will be able to find a link on the DC FanDome website beginning December 15th.
The event can be streamed from DCFanDome.com as well as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and TikTok.
12/13/2020 0 Comments
Change can often be refreshing and necessary. Pixar turns a page toward the future by casting Chris Evans the character Buzz Lightyear in their upcoming animated prequel. After having huge success with Tim Allen as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in all four movies of the Toy Story series, the studio decided to cast Chris Evans as the new voice of Buzz Lightyear for the prequel move, Lightyear. The film will serve as the origin of the story for the real Buzz Lightyear, the space cadet that inspired the popular toy.
For many fans, it is difficult to accept anyone other than Allen as Buzz. Stressing how synonymous Tim's voice has become to the role, some may compare this change to be equivalent to potentially replacing James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader.
Lightyear will make its theatrical premiere with Evans in the lead role on June 17, 2022, as revealed by Disney.
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The cast of HBO's Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon just got stronger with three new members joining the cast of Targaryen royalty. Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, and Emma D'Arcy have all signed to the series.
Smith is a former Doctor Who lead who more recently starred in the Netflix series, The Crown, and the stellar horror flick, His House. Smith will play Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother to King Viserys. His character's official description is: "A peerless warrior and a dragon-rider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin up in the air..."
Cooke last appeared in one of 2020's best films, Sound of Metal, alongside Riz Ahmed. She will play Alicent Hightower, Hand of the King Otto Hightower's daughter, "the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms."
D'Arcy recently appeared in Amazon's Truth Seekers and Netflix's Wonderlust, but is most known as a stage performer. In House of the Dragon, she'll take on the role of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, King Viserys' first born daughter and pure-blooded Valyrian dragon-rider. "Some say Rhaenyra was born with everything, but she was not born a man," reads her official description.
Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal will be the executive producers as the series moves into productions in the next few months with an expected premiere in 2022.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired the North American distribution rights to Tyler Wayne's directorial and screenwriting debut, Goodbye, Butterfly. This psychological thriller will get a theatrical day-and-date release on January 15, 2021.
Adam Donshik stars as Ryan, a loving family man whose 5-year-old daughter is murdered. When the police investigation hits a dead end, he has a chance encounter with an oddball neighbor named Stan, played by Andy Lauer and becomes convinced he is the killer. After the police ignore Ryan's suspicions, his obsession with Stan quickly turns violent. It begs the question: Just how far would one go for justice? How far should one go for justice? Marie Burke, Angela Sauer, Addison Ross, Jennifer Adams, and Jeremy London also star in the film.
Oscar winning actor Christian Bale is officially entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He recently accepted the role of Gorr the God Butcher in the fourth installment of the Thor franchise that will be directed by Taika Waititi. Bale's character, which is a part of the original Marvel comic IP, inherits supernatural powers and looks to destroy all gods as payback after his family is killed. He has a history of run-ins with Thor and Loki.
Christian is joining an all-star cast that includes, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman to return as female Thor and Tessa Thompson to play Marvel's first LQBTQ+ hero.
The flick is expected to release to theaters May 6, 2022.
The Bale casting and character was confirmed by Marvel's Kevin Feige during the Marvel portion of Disney's Investor Day. The film was first announced by Marvel at San Diego's Comic-Con in September 2019 with the plot including Portman's character to become the first female Thor seen on screen. The Thor franchise has grossed more than $1.9 billion worldwide.
With a combined 100 movies and TV series were announced today during Disney Investor Day, and 80% of them will go to Disney+, the studio has decided to keep its theatrical release schedule. At least for now, despite reorganizing the company for a future focused on streaming.
Disney has taken notable titles such as Mulan and Hamilton from fading exhibitors at a time when they needed those movies the most. However, Disney was careful with its language today when it spoke about the titles intended for theatrical release and the titles destined for Disney+.
Heading into today, there was worry that Disney was bound to follow the lead of WarnerMedia's pandemic response, which entails debuting debuting the 2021 slate in both theaters and the HBO Max streaming service on the same day. This move enraged talent, exhibitors, and is poised to do great damage to the theatrical revenue stream.
Disney has surpassed 137M subscribers on their direct to customer services and has a goal of hitting 300-350M subscribers by fiscal year 2024. They're budgeting a spend of $8 to $9 billion in content for Disney+ in order to reach the goal.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek was clear in his statements of having no desire to quickly abondon theatrical platforms for in-home entertainment. Chopek was excited about the $13 billion box office Disney had last year and clearly communicated their approach to carefully evaluate the consumer transition as the company moves forward.
The former Star Wars star, Daisy Ridley is set to play the role of long-distance swimmer Trudy Ederle on the upcoming Disney+ project, Young Woman and the Sea, which will be directed by Joachim Ronning. Paramount let go of the project and put in a turnaround, which allowed producer Jerry Bruckheimer an opportunity to bring it to Disney. The studio now hopes to get the project off the ground and into production by next summer.
Jeff Nathanson adapted the book by Glenn Stout, which chronicled the intrepid journey of the first woman to ever make the 21-mile swim across the English Channel in 1926.
Ederle was a competitive swimmer from Manhattan and won the gold medal in the 1924 Olympics before deciding to swim across the English Channel. She financed her quest by selling her story to two different newspapers. Only five men had finished the journey before Ederle, who prepared herself by swimming 22 miles from Battery Park, NY to Sandy Hook, NJ. Upon her return to New York, she was honored with a parade. This Disney+ movie will be the first time her empowering story has been told.
Bruckheimer will produce alongside Chad Oman, and the film will mark a Disney reunion for everyone as Ridley will return after leading the studios Star Wars franchise for the last several years, Ronning directed 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which was written by Nathanson and produced by Bruckheimer.
Meanwhile, the executive producer Nathanson is also writing the next Lion King movie with Barry Jenkins as the director, while Ronning also directed Maleficent: Mistress of Evil for the studio. Ronning is best suited for this film given his experience directing on the water during the shooting of Kon-Tiki.
Ridley is attached to more than half a dozen projects, she'll soon be opposite Tom Holland in the long delayed sci-fi movie Chaos Walking.
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After winning an Oscar together for Argo, Ben Affleck and George Clooney are teaming up again. Clooney will direct Affleck on the set of his new feature film, The Tender Bar. Affleck is in negotiations with Amazon Studios' for his role on the project. The pair of A-listers have been longing to work together for years, and when Clooney locked this project in as his next directing job, Affleck was on top of the list to star in the tale.
Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov will produce through their Smokehouse Pictures banner. Ted Hope is also on the producing crew. William Monahan wrote the script.
It is unclear if Clooney will make an appearance in front of the camera, but as with every film he directs, it is an option that should not be ruled out.
Based on the J.R. Moehringer's memoir about growing up in Long Island seeking out father figures among the patrons at his uncle's bar, the film was originally set up with Sony and Ted Melfi as the director. When Melfi dropped, Sony followed and Amazon swooped in to grab it.
Affleck has been busier than ever of late, starring in the sports drama, The Way Back, which earned him some of the best acting reviews of his career. Warner Bros is planning to host an awards campaign for his critically acclaimed performance this Oscar season. Ben recently wrapped up production on the New Regency thriller Deep Water and the Ridley Scott period piece The Last Duel in addition to currently starring in Robert Rodriguez's Hypnotic. Affleck is also preparing for his next directing gig as he signed on to a project titled The Big Goodbye, which is a behind-the-scenes story of the making of Chinatown.
The man behind the most recognizable space series in the world, Star Wars, sold his baby to Disney in 2012. Now, 8 years later, George Lucas still finds his decision to be very painful. Lucas was chief architect of two separate Star Wars trilogies and was looking at a third until he chose to give up all rights to Lucasfilm and its assets to Disney is a buy out.
At age 69, George Lucas chose life and family over film. While there is bitter-sweetness lingering, even nearly a decade later, Lucas did have a plan for Episodes VII-IX before Disney chose to go in their own direction.
The Neora Movies short film, Evil Wedding Planner has been accepted to the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival. On November 25, the psychological thriller became available on the NeoraMovies YouTube channel.
A wedding planner seeks revenge after being hired to plan the wedding of an old college rival. How quickly do things spin out of control? Who gets the last laugh? Does the bride get her way? How dangerous can things get? All of these questions will soon be answered in unforgettable ways.
With COVID protocols in place, the production crew filmed the entire short virtually via Zoom. This puts an interesting spin on the acting interactions.
The latest Spider-Man movie adds Alfred Molina's return as Doc Ock to its already impressive cast. 16 years after making his villainous debut as the evil genius Doctor Otto Octavious in Sam Raimi's 2004 blockbuster Spider-Man 2, Alfred Molina is finally reprising his role in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe's third Spider-Man film.
Rumors of Molina's appearance in the latest production began surfacing a month ago, when reports suggested he was seen on set. It seems the plot will revolve around a Spider-verse for this third installment, Molina will be joined by The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jamie Foxx as Electro, bringing into the MCU characters from all three generations of films based on your friendly neighborhood superhero.
Rumors have surfaced about Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's return as the two separate Spider-men as well, though neither Sony or Disney and Marvel have confirmed news related to the two.
Marvel's Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to release in theaters on December 17, 2021.
Home Economics, from Michael Colton, John Aboud, and Topher Grace, has been handed a series order at ABC. This single-camera comedy is inspired by the life of the writer and executive producer, Michael Colton (Penguins of Madagascar), and will air in spring 2021. It is produced by Lionsgate and ABC Signature. That '70s Show alum, Topher Grace stars in and executive produces Home Economics.
The show takes a look at the heart-warming yet comically uncomfortable and frustrating relationship between three siblings: one is in the 1 percent, one is in the middle-class, and one is barely getting by.
Stars featured on the show include Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro, Karla Souza, Sasheer Zamata, Shiloh Bearman, Jordyn Curet, Chloe Jo Rountree, and JeCobi Swain.
Developed by Colton and Aboud, who also co-wrote features A Futile and Stupid Gesture, and The Comebacks in addition to the series Children's Hospital. The pair will exec produce alongside Grace, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of the Tannenbaum Company, whose Jason Wang will co-executive produce.
ABC has two more outstanding comedy pilots - Work Wife and Kids Matter Now.
Work Wife is a single-camera comedy inspired by the real-life partnerships of longtime friends. Kids Matter Now is a multi-camera comedy about a diva boss from Better with You creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan, CBS Television Studios and 20th Century Fox TV.
Oscar-nominated producer Stacey Sher, Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, and Emmy-nominated produce Jesse Collins will producer the 93rd Oscars, Academy President David Rubin announced. The Oscars will air worldwide on ABC broadcast outlets Sunday, April 25, 2021 and will be available to more than 225 countries and territories.
Sher earned Best Picture Oscars nominations for Django Unchained (2012) and Erin Brockovich (2000). She has produced or executive produced more than two dozen motion pictures, including notable films such as, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, Contagion, Garden State, Man on the Moon, Out of Sight, Gattaca, Get Shortly, and Reality Bites. Her television credits include credits for, Mrs. America - which earned ten Emmy nominations, Reno 911, Into the Badlands, and Sweet/Vicious. Sher served as an executive producer on the Oscar-winning documentary short subject, Period. End of Sentence. (2018). Sher currently works as a producer on the Aretha Franklin biographical film, Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson, set for release in August of 2021.
Soderbergh won a Directing Oscar for Traffic in 2000 and in the same year earned a nomination for directing Erin Brockovich (2000). He earned a writing nomination for sex, lies, and videotape (1989), his feature film directorial debut. A prolific writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor, he has directed more than thirty films during his three-decade career, including Magic Mike, Contagion, the Ocean's trilogy, Out of Sight, and most recently, Let Them All Talk, which is premiering this month. Soderbergh has also produced or executive produced a wide range of projects for both film and television, including Bill & Ted Faced the Music, The Report, Ocean's Eight, Citizenfour, Michael Clayton, Good Night, and Good Luck., and two seasons of his own series, The Knick.
Collins has produced numerous awards shows and events including the Grammy Awards, BET Awards, UNCF An Evening of Stars, Black Girls Rock!, and Soul Train Awards, and television specials such as John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, Change Together: From the March on Washington Today, Sunday Best, American Soul, Rhythm + Flow, and The New Edition Story. He earned an Emmy nomination for the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019. Collins has been tapped to co-executive produce the upcoming Grammy Awards and executive produce the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, both in early 2021. He is the founder and CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, a full-service film and television entertainment production company.
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On December 11, Netflix will premiere the Denzel Washington and Viola Davis documentary, Giving Voice. The Fences stars share the impact that Wilson's timeless artistry and legacy has had on their careers and their hopes for young people carrying it forward. The 90 minute film is executive produced by Julius Tennon and Viola Davis' production company, Juvee Productions, alongside Get Lifted Film Co., which is owned by John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius.
Giving Voice follows the emotional journey of six students as they advance through the high-stakes August Wilson Monologue Competition, an event which celebrates one of America's preeminent playwrights. Every year, thousands of students from twelve cities across the United States perform the Pulitzer Prize winner's work, Fences, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom for a chance to perform on Broadway. Directors Jim Stern and Fernando Villena capture students discovering themselves and the world around them through Wilson's Century Cycle, a canon of ten plays portraying the 20th century African American experience. The films will also feature the song, "Never Break" by John Legend.
Giving Voice Trailer
2020 has been a devastating year for most people around the globe. Actor Matthew Perry recognizes the financial and emotional stress that has weighed many people down. In effort to bring joy, the 51-year-old former Friends standout has chosen to give back with an apparel line for Coronavirus relief. The announcement was made by Perry via Instagram on December 4th. The t-shirt collection features his character, Chandler Bing, as a cartoon dancing awkwardly in a suit. The proceeds will support the World Health Organization's COVID-19 relief efforts.
Perry revealed more exciting news recently with his engagement announcement to 29-year-old Molly Hurwitz. The two have been dating since 2018. No wedding details have been released at this time.
In March 2021, HBO Max is expected to release a Friends reunion, after being postponed several times during 2020 due to the pandemic. Perry has expressed his excitement for a busy 2021.
12/5/2020 0 Comments
Sustaining relevance in the film industry is challenging especially for independent films, which often gain more criticism for having lower budgets and requiring more improvements in order to reach entertainment industry standards, but what critics fail to mention is independent productions naturally have less environmental impacts due to smaller crews, sets, and less equipment needs.
With budget reduction in focus, some independent studios are protecting our planet along the way by decreasing the usage of gasoline powered equipment, increasing the usage of solar powered electricity, and eliminating the usage of disposable plastic bottles, plates, and cutlery.
Independent film studio Tandem Pictures has prioritized eco-friendly choices in their production planning to help lead the industry toward a new standard.
The founder of Tandem Pictures, Julie Christeas, and its COO Jonathan Blitstein have joined the board of the Environmental Media Association, which created the EMA Green Seal for Production in 2003 to recognize film and TV productions for sustainable environment practices. Tandem Pictures' latest film, Black Bear stars Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, and Sarah Gadon - released December 4th 2020. On each set for the film, all cast and crew members eliminated the need for single-use plastic water bottles by labeling their names on reusable water bottles. Throughout the production, Tandem Pictures followed EMA's eco-practice standards in addition to PEACH (Production Environmental Actions Checklist), a guide developed by the PGA (Producers Guild of America).
Energy use: Tandem Pictures saved energy during production by shooting the main setting of the film in a house with solar panels which powered everything during daylight shooting.
Craft services: The crew used the dish washer at the house to reduce plastic usage.
Wardrobe: Most was sourced from thrift shops.
Travel: Flights and driving was limited by using a mostly local crew.
The crew used hybrid and electric vehicles for location scouting. At the end of the shoot, the producers assessed how the film met their green goals and Black Bear received EMA's Gold Seal. Tandem received EMA's Gold Seal for their film, The Surrogate (2020) as well.
Tandem Pictures plans to educate the next generation of filmmakers with the value of going green by becoming involved with film schools. By making the eco-friendly films, Tandem Pictures is stretching their budget while sustaining the environment.
Warner Bros shockingly announces all of its 2021 titles will launch simultaneously to theaters and its streaming platform HBO Max in the US. The slate includes Matrix 4, Dune, and Suicide Squad. The news has international exhibitors scrambling to keep up. Currently, HBO Max is oly available in the US, but the platform has made an indication toward expanding its reach.
On December 3rd, Andy Forssel, the Head of HBO Max Global, held an online web conference summit during which Andy stated the streaming service will be available in Latin America and some European territories by "end of next year." WarnerMedia's plan is to upgrade the HBO Now streaming service to HBO Max in those territories.
HBO Now is not currently available in the U.K., France, Germany, or Italy due to HBO having muti-year output deals with local TV operators.
Warner Bros is planning a theatrical bow for Wonder Woman1984 and its 2021 slate. However, it is unclear how long this theatrical window will be in each territory. In the United Kingdom, the film is set to release in a tier structure based on cinema operations, tier 1 begins December 16th. London is listed in tier 2 as of now.
Instead of the typical 16-week gap, Warner Bros is estimating for an early VOD release, just 28 days after the titles reach theaters.
France plans to allow theaters to reopen on December 15th with a 9pm - 7am curfew in place. Both Italy and Germany have extended lockdown measures until January. Even though the completion of the release schedule is not clear, Warner Bros is certain their negotiations with exhibitors will resume as theaters reopen.
Peter Babakitis' The Journeyman earned distribution with Amazon Prime following its win of Best Independent Feature Film at Five Continents International Film Festival. Actress Madeline Merritt was recognized for Best Supporting Actress in her role of Rachel, a devoted activist, and Brian Narelle took home Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Waldenstein, the secretive banker. The Band Waverider ft. Sarah Rordam won best original song for their moody hit, "Grey Sky."
Finance, clandestine transactions, mysterious airport transfers and professional assassins bring us into the high-octane world of The Journeyman. A taut and fast-moving adventure through the back streets of Athens and Zurich. We follow a rogue corporate spy and an underground activist in their mission to expose massive financial crimes, while being pursued by ruthless assassins.
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